BeerCritic


Guinness Extra Stout

ABV: 5%
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 22oz
Glass: pilsner
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors
Price per fl oz: $4.50 / 22 fl oz = $.20 per fl oz
Consumed at: home

sensory first impression: Rich, deep, roasted malty aroma – different from regular Guinness stout in this way. Head and pour are absolutely beautiful. Color is an inpenetrable black except for a ruby hint around the edge. Wow – taste is deep, malty, syrupy, cloying, and dessertish. Heavy on the tongue and surprising flavor for a 5% abv. Has overarching oak and wine flavor. This has all of what regular Guinness is missing – depth, bite, hops, flavor, and character.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, coffee, roasted
Hop flavor is: resinous, hay, grapefruit, pepper
Yeast flavor is: crumbs, leather, very dry.
Other flavors include: alcohol, tomato paste, medicine, raisin, sulfur, soy sauce, walnut, oak

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: black, ruby highlights
Liquid is: darkest night.
Head and lace are: bumpy, frothy, tan, brown, with classic lacing.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium to heavy
Sour level is: light to medium

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: full, raging
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, gritty, large particles, paper towel, cardboard
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: astringent, long, syrupy, very nice.

Overall experience: An absolutely stunning beer for its distribution. I liked to punch, the bitterness, the depth, the warmth, the color, and the flavor. I did not like a slight metallic tinge, the price, or the idea that the regular stout is so deeply different than this.

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Flying Fish HopFish IPA
06/17/2008, 2:45 AM
Filed under: Flying Fish, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Flying Fish HopFish IPA
ABV: 6.2%
IBU:
Volume: 12 oz bottle
Glass: tulip goblet
Purchased at: Hopewell Valley Wine and Spirits
Consumed on: Friday Feb 15, 2008 at 10:23 pm

first impression: A beautiful, deep orange color, a healthy head and a pale demeanor. The aroma is present, and bites a bit. The taste is good, nice, and both hoppy and malty. Just a tiny bit chemical in flavor, which is disappointing, but fleeting. Head departs almost immediately. I think there are some foaming agents present.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt reminds of hazelnut or lightly flavored coffee. Maybe a bit of banana or orange peel. There’s definitely some zest present.
Hops are very flowery and give a hint of lemon. Hops improve in flavor throughout tasting.
Flavor seems to target the tasters on the high back roof of the mouth. Heightened sinus reaction.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is a reddish gold, and reminds of a bourbon, if in color only.
Liquid is quite clear, crisp, and a wispy boil in action.
Head starts strong and quickly dissipates into nothing at all. Lace just barely hangs on.

Taste/Flavor:
Rather sweet, but not cloying.
Bitter and hoppy, but not in a long lasting way – seems designed, rather than brewed. Quickly dissolves into a smooth but enjoyable aftertaste.
Sour in the hints of citrus overtones. A lot of zest originated flavor – bitterness seems unnatural.
Is that bubblegum?
More hoppy than malty, and not bad at all, once the initial shock of the acrid is passed. Good marks, but not the best – better than many others.

Palate/Tactile: Mouthfeel is medium – lingers upon the mouth for a moment.
Texture is crisp and glides from front to back easily. Attention is on both the front-middle and the back of the tongue.
Carbonation is relatively quiet, but crisp on the tongue.
Finish lasts for a second or two, then fades, and nicely so.

second impression: Overall, this is a good beer, definitely not your average American Pils, but does not do great justice to IPAs in the same realm as Stone or Victory. Seems like a River Horse also-ran, which is not to say bad.



Victory HopDevil IPA
05/25/2008, 2:33 AM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Victory | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 6.7%
Volume: 12 fl. oz.
Glass: tapered 12 oz.
Purchased at: Valley Wines, Hopewell, NJ
Consumed on: 02.05.08

first impression: Not especially impressive in color, bubbles, head, or heft, but an amazing aroma. Biting, acrid hop taste, but not off putting. Color changes with angle and edges of glass.

Visuals — Color, depth, belgian lace, legs: The color is variable according to angle, which I enjoy. The depth is beautiful, but rather thin. There is no lace, no legs, and no head in the least. The color ranges from a pale amber to a rich red.

Olfactory — Aroma: The hops are permeating and wondorous in the air. The fragrance is the best aspect of this ale next to hop centrality.

Taste — Hoppiness, bite, maltiness, flavor: The biting hops are the singular note in this ale, but very welcome to the tongue. The bite is electric and engaging, while lacking in so many other beers. For bite, this beer soars.

Tactile — weight, mouthfeel: HopDevil has a reasonable weight, and it’s respectable in its heft. The taste is dry and crisp and is an exemplar in this regard.

second impression: Aside from the range of color and amazing bite, there is little to note about this beer, though the two notes are absolutely wonderful. Until my recent experiments with a variety of beers this was by far one of my favorites. Many others come before it now.